Monday, April 21, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH: Fefe Dobson

Photo via Facebook
Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Canadian pop-rock singer Fefe Dobson. I'll admit, I spent a majority of my teenage years belting out Fefe Dobson songs—this one in particular, despite the lack of ever even having a boyfriend to say "bye bye" to....


So I was really looking forward to getting to chat with her, since she's been in the industry for quite some time now, and naturally she's grown as a person and artist.  She even fell in love along the way, sighhhh. (She's engaged to American rapper YelaWolf FYI)



The full article will be out online soon, but here's a couple snippets from the interview:

Q: What can fans expect from your new album?

Fefe Dobson: You guys can expect the two songs you've heard so far, "Legacy" and "In Better Hands" and also "Celebrate", which was the Canadian Olympic track. The album is called Firebird and for me, it's the most honest album. It's honest for me, not just lyrically, but in the way I hear things musically. It sounds exactly how I feel the soundtrack of my everyday would sound like. Just really dramatic and full of bells and whistles.

Q: Every career has bumps along the way. How have the struggles impacted you and how have you handled the curve balls that have come your way?

FD: In general, when you go through things and you have to fall down and get back up, you learn. You learn where not to fall, you learn how to fall, you actually learn how to fall gracefully after while when you keep doing it. And I feel like I've done that metaphorically of just learning to get back up gracefully from all the issues or let-downs. But it makes you a better person. You have to go down in order to go up and you have to go down in order to appreciate the up.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?

FD: Find what makes you original. The more unique and quirky you are, the more interesting you are. And that's by being who you are. Don't be anyone else but you. And be patient. Not everything happens overnight. It's a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication. This industry is one of the biggest roller coaster rides of anyone's life. It can beat any ride at Canada's Wonderland.


Stay tuned for the full article on www.faze.ca!

I leave you with her latest video, "In Better Hands"


For more Fefe Dobson updates, visit http://www.fefedobson.com/

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Sunday, April 20, 2014

GIVEAWAY | Happy Easter! [CLOSED]

Hope you all are having a fantastic Easter Sunday! I thought I'd put together a last-minute prize pack for all you lovely peeps.

Here's what's up for grabs:


Friday, April 18, 2014

EVENT | Harlem Globetrotters take over TO

Photo via Facebook
I don't usually cover any sports related events, but when I was invited to check out the Harlem Globetrotters here in Toronto, I couldn't say no. They brought their 'Fans Rule' tour to Ricoh Coliseum last weekend and I had the pleasure of snapping the action courtside.

Take a look:


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FASHION | Stashd



I always find myself surrounded by entrepreneurs and fashion folks, and often a combination of the two. Last fall, I attended Techweek NYC, where I had the pleasure of meeting Jess Wilson, a lovely and talented fashion tech enthusiast from Australia. I remember her telling me about a project she'd been working on and a few months later, she showed me what she'd been up to. Stashd, an app for iPhones, is a fashion destination to discover, share and purchase those lust-worthy products.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

MY LIFE | Vegas 2014


I haven't been to a wedding since I was a little tot in a pouffy flower girl dress so I was feeling pretty rusty when getting prepared for attending a wedding at 22. I was already pretty excited when I found out my aunt was getting married, but as a bonus, she was getting hitched in fabulous Las Vegas. I've been to Vegas before when I was younger, but there's only so much you can do as an underage tween.

In addition to my aunt putting a ring on it in Vegas last weekend, there were also tons of other big-time events going down at the same time (Academy of Country Music Awards and Michael Jordan's Celebrity Invitational, aka hello celebs!).

So I got to escape Toronto for a much-needed weekend vacation. I couldn't wait to see my family and take a break from school. Check out my Vegas experience:


We stayed at The Cosmopolitan hotel, which was more fabulous than I imagined. I went into the room to this view, so naturally, I felt like I was in heaven:

FASHION | Mass Exodus 2014


Ryerson University is known for its kick-ass fashion program. I always admire the fashion students because they are so incredibly talented and passionate for their craft. They put a lot of hard work into making it to the end, which takes form in Mass Exodus.

Mass Exodus is the showcase of the graduating fashion design and communications students, with a fashion show and exhibit. Mass Exodus has become the world's largest student-run fashion show, which is pretty darn cool.

I was at last year's event and was excited to be in the audience once again on April 3 (last year's coverage HERE and HERE).

Take a look into Mass Exodus 2014:


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fun with Fifth Harmony

Photo via Facebook
The cutest girl group Fifth Harmony made a visit to Toronto on tour with Demi Lovato and I was fortunate enough to hang out with them for a Faze Magazine cover shoot (they'll be our summer issue cover girls). Ally, Lauren, Dinah, Camila and Normani are all so incredibly sweet. It was so much fun, with lots of energy and impromptu dance moves.


Of course, Faze brought them cupcakes:


Friday, April 11, 2014

The Ryersonian RAPS Up + Hump Day Heroes #4


It's been an time at The Ryersonian and it feels weird to say that it's officially over! I spent six weeks as the live managing editor and it was a great experience. I worked with an awesome team and I'm pretty proud of what we were able to produce during our Sonian stint. We became like a little j-school family and we often wore coordinated outfits....



Sunday, April 6, 2014

EVENT | Faze Magazine's Glow Girl 2014


It's been a super busy time, so I know this post is a little late.....

Faze Magazine hosted its Glow Girl prom prep event last month and it was such a fun time. Lots of awesome performances, special guests, and fab makeup and hair stations. I was the videographer lead at the event, so stay tuned for the video to come! Degrassi's Luke Bilyk was our charming host and we had performances by:

Jordan McIntosh 

Mandia 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

GIVEAWAY | March Goodies [CLOSED]


I can't believe it's almost April...seriously, time is just flying by! Anyways, I've got one more giveaway just before March ends, so here's what's up for grabs this week:


EVENT | Midnight MRKT


Last Friday, I checked out the Midnight MRKT, a cool pop-up style shopping event at 461 King St. West. The space featured lots of unique businesses, from baked goods and tater tots to vintage jewelry and graphic T-shirts. It had a great vibe, with music (Johnny Hockin was spinning when I popped by), lots of people, and free donuts.

The donuts:
These babies were free if you 'liked' the Giftagram Facebook page (also, entry to the event itself was free if you downloaded the Giftagram app)

The tunes:

Hump Day Heroes #3: What should I wear on a first date?


This week on Hump Day Heroes, David and I got a question about what a guy should wear on a first date. Here's what we had to say:


PS - in other exciting news, HDH got our first ad in the newspaper!!


Missed an episode? Catch up here>>http://bit.ly/1hVeXun

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Friday, March 28, 2014

FASHION | Hilary MacMillan @ WMCFW

Photo via Facebook
I ended up going to one show at WMCFW last week and it was for Hilary MacMillan's Fall 2014 collection on Friday, March 21.


GIVEAWAY | Win tickets to Sampology @ Electric Owl TONIGHT! [CLOSED]

Photo via Facebook
Hey Vancity! I've got a last minute giveaway for you to check out Australian DJ Sampology's show tonight at Electric Owl. This is Samplogy's first-ever Vancouver performance (AV show) and it should be a lot of fun!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CollegeFashionista March Madness Round 3!


Thanks for your help everyone—I made it to the next round of CollegeFashionista's March Madness competition! The top 16 have been selected and we had to submit a new photo. Help me out by clicking the link below and liking my new photo! The top eight with the most likes by tomorrow at midnight will move on to the next round.


Fingers crossed!
- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

EVENTS | The Shops at Aura


I love living downtown because there's always something cool going on somewhere nearby. Last week, The Shops at Aura launched a pop-up shop market, bringing in local, up-and-coming businesses to the lower floor of the AURA building at Yonge & Gerrard. It was a fun party, with a DJ, entertaining buskers, sweet treats, and drinks. The shops ran from March 19-22.

Take a look:


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

LOT Spring Preview + The Sound of Music GIVEAWAY! [CLOSED]


Earlier this month, I was invited to the Lower Ossington Theatre's spring preview party, where I got to mingle some talented people in Toronto's theatre scene in celebration of the season's upcoming productions: RENT, Avenue Q and The Sound of Music. It was a lot of fun! I've seen a couple different shows now at that theatre and I'm starting so see more familiar faces. (Check out my post from Cabaret & my interview with Avenue Q's Trekkie Monster)

Me with some of the awesome people of the LOT (Photo: Susan Lee)
We got a sneak preview of each of the shows, with a couple performances during the party. I'm really excited for The Sound of Music—it looks like it's going to be a fantastic show! Sigh, I wish I could sing...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Faze Magazine Issue #54

The new issue of Faze Magazine has hit the stands and I have a few articles inside!

This issue features the lovely BC-raised pop star Victoria Duffield on the cover. Be sure to grab a copy at Chapters Indigo stores across Canada!


I had the pleasure of spending the day on set of the cover shoot and filming some behind-the-scenes video footage—take a look:


Here are some of my articles that you can find inside the issue:

FASHION | Piloti Trunk Show TO

Photo via http://piloti.com
Last Monday, during World MasterCard Fashion Week, I checked out the Piloti trunk show at The Shore Club, in celebration of the re-launch of the racing-inspired fashion brand.

Take a look at the goods:


Saturday, March 22, 2014

FASHION | Stylist Box


Last week, I got to check out the Stylist Box showroom and help out at an interview with the fabulous co-founder Gail McInnes for Metro News. Stylist Box connects emerging and established fashion brands with media exposure. Some of the designers include Lucian Matis, Hilary MacMillan and L'momo.

Gail gave us a tour of the gorgeous space and showed us some of her favourite pieces. It was a lot of fun!


MUSIC | The Summer Set

Photo via Facebook
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of tagging along to an interview with The Summer Set for Faze Magazine when they were in town for a show at the Hard Luck Bar. When I got to the venue, there was already a line up of dedicated fans waiting in the freezing cold. Seriously, I'm so impressed by their ability to last so long out in the cold (I asked the first people in line what time they got there and they said noon — the doors weren't supposed to open until 7pm).

If you aren't familiar with their music, here's 'Boomerang' - 



CollegeFashionista March Madness


Hey everyone!

I need your help. I'm entered in CollegeFashionista's March Madness competition on Facebook, where the photos with the most 'likes' move on to the next round until there is one Style Guru left.

I've made it to the second round, featuring the top 32, but now I need a little help to get to the top 16.

'LIKE' THE PHOTO HERE>>>http://on.fb.me/1hPip9L

The voting for this round ends tomorrow (March 23) at midnight!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

MY LIFE | The Ryersonian & Hump Day Heroes


My final semester as a Ryerson journalism student started off with an internship at ET Canada, which lasted six weeks. Once that ended, I had to head back to campus and fulfill six weeks as a part of the masthead of The Ryersonian, a weekly campus publication. Now in my fourth week, it's been an interesting experience.


My classmates and I make up the entire masthead and we each have specific roles. I landed the position of Live Managing Editor, where I manage the live blogs on the website and manage the social media accounts — right up my alley. So it's been a good time. I also work closely with the online managing editor, as well as the rest of the team.

Be sure to check out www.ryersonian.ca to see what we've been working on.
Also, while you're at it, follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @theryersonian

And we also have quite a bit of creative freedom, which is nice. We're encouraged to pursue projects that we enjoy, which led to the creation of Hump Day Heroes. My friend David and I decided to start up our own dating/love advice web video series. Every Wednesday, we answer a question from a Ryerson student, bringing our own opinions as well as other notable Ryerson voices to answer them.